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Using psychological science to advance equity in government-wide programs

APA identifies mental health and well-being concerns that all federal agencies should consider and shares evidence-based recommendations with White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) steps.
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American Psychological Association. (2021, July 9). Using psychological science to advance equity in government-wide programs. http://www.apaservices.org/advocacy/news/government-wide-programs

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On July 6, APA responded to a White House Office of Management and Budget request for information (PDF, 234KB) seeking “stakeholder input and information that could assist in efforts to implement Executive Order (EO) 13985.” Issued by President Biden on January 25, the executive order aims to promote equity and support for underserved communities that have been “systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social and civic life.” Input from the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, the Committee on Aging, and the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs informed APA’s response.

APA urged all federal agencies to add older adults to the underserved groups considered in equity definitions. APA also recommended that federal agencies adopt an intersectional approach to policymaking. APA shared information on best practices in equity assessments and strategies; barrier and burden reduction; and stakeholder and community engagement.

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